Songs to help you learn note intervals 19


Songs to help you learn note intervals - music basics

Do you struggle to identify the interval between two notes?

A trick I use is to think of a melodies than contain the interval, and are easy to remember.

Check out our video to see and hear some examples for each interval or scroll down to see the text, MIDI files and keyboard diagrams.

Below are a few suggestions for the main major, minor and perfect intervals.

Major 2nd

Major 2nd interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 2nd Ascending

  • Doe A Deer (Sound of Music): First two notes of the chorus
  • EastEnders (UK Soap Opera): Any two consecutive notes from the first three
  • Frere Jacques: First two notes or second and third notes
  • Happy Birthday: Second and third notes

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 2nd Descending

  • Blow the Wind Southerly: First two notes
  • Deck the Halls: First two notes (learn to play Deck the Halls)
  • Mary Had A Little Lamb: First two notes
  • The First Noel: First two notes
  • Three Blind Mice: First two notes or second and third notes
  • Whistle While You Work: First two notes
  • Yesterday (The Beatles): First two notes

Minor 3rd

Minor 3rd interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Minor 3rd Ascending

  • “A Time for Us” Romeo & Juliet (main theme): First two notes
  • Beverley Hills Cop: First two notes
  • Greensleeves: First two notes
  • Lullaby (Brahms): Second and third notes
  • The Impossible Dream: “To Dream” notes

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Minor 3rd Descending

Major 3rd

Major 3rd interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 3rd Ascending

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 3rd Descending

  • Beethoven’s Fifth: Third and fourth notes of main melody
  • Summertime: First two notes
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot: First two notes

Perfect 4th

Perfect 4th interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Perfect 4th Ascending

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Perfect 4th Descending

  • Born Free: First two notes
  • Come on Eileen: (Dexy’s Midnight Runners) First two notes of chorus (“Come On”)
  • O Come All Ye Faithful: Second and third notes (learn to play O Come All Ye Faithful)

Perfect 5th

Perfect 5th interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Perfect 5th Ascending

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey (Theme): First two notes of main melody
  • Lavender’s Blue: First two notes
  • O Lord and Father of Mankind (Hymn): First two notes
  • Star Wars: First two notes
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: Second and third notes (Get the music for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Perfect 5th Descending

Minor 6th

Minor 6th interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Minor 6th Ascending

  • The Entertainer: Third and fourth notes
  • Theme from ‘Love Story’: Third and fourth notes (first two notes are the same interval with high note first)

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Minor 6th Descending

  • Theme from ‘Love Story’: First two notes

Major 6th

Major 6th interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 6th Ascending

  • Angels (Robbie Williams): First two notes of verse
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Carol): First two notes (
  • Jingle Bells: First two notes of line “Dashing Through the Snow” (learn to play Jingle Bells)
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean: First two notes

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 6th Descending

  • Music of the Night (from Phantom of the Opera) – first two notes of verse

Major 7th

Major 7th interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 7th Ascending

  • On the Street Where You Live: the notes for ‘Once’ and ‘Am’ in ‘All at once am I, several storeys high’
  • There’s a Place For Us (West Side Story): First two notes

Descending

Listen [MIDI file]: Major 7th Descending

Octave

Octave interval

Ascending

Listen [MIDI file]: Octave Ascending

Descending

  • There’s No Business Like Show Business: Second and third notes

Listen [MIDI file]: Octave Descending

Hat tips to ThinkQuest, “Songwriting and the Creative Process”, VCU and commenters below for additional song ideas.


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